The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgian family drama about the romance between a tattooist and a musician and how their love is tested when their daughter becomes seriously ill. The official site is here; the film will show at key cities.
Captain Phillips – director Paul Greengrass looks at the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. Tom Hanks takes the lead role as the captain who tries to save his crew during this desperate time. The film will be showing across the UK and the official Sony Pictures site can be found here.
Enough Said – the late James Gandolfini stars in this, his penultimate film as the potential romantic partner of Julia Louise Dreyfuss. He is also the ex-husband of her best friend. The film will show across most UK cinema screens and the official Fox Searchlight site is here.
The Epic of Everest – the BFI dust down and add a new score to this original chronicle of the 1924 Everest expedition by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. The official web page can be found here and it contains screening locations.
Escape Plan – Arnold Schwarzenegger has been ambling back to leading man status since hanging up his ‘Governator’ gloves back in 2011. Here, he teams up with his former screen rival Sylvester Stallone as two men in an ultra high tech prison who work together to break out. The official website is here and, as befitting two titans of cinema, it will be showing just about every place.
Last Passenger – much mentioned recently in The Metro (see interview with star Dougray Scott here, for instance), this economically made thriller follows a group of passengers on a runaway London commuter train as it hurtles towards a deathly terminus. Kara Tointon and Lindsay Duncan co-star. The official Facebook page is here and the film will show at key cities only.
The Lebanese Rocket Society – this drama, from the Lebanon obviously, looks at a sixties group of scientists who joined the space race. The official Soda Pictures site is here; the film will be showing at key cities only.
Like Father Like Son – highly regarded Japanese film in which a father learns his biological son is actually a child swapped with another at birth. He must make a decision about whether to choose his real son or stay with the boy he has raised. No official website, but the IMDb page is here. Showing at key cities only.
Love, Marilyn – intriguing drama in which actresses such as Uma Thurman and Ellen Burstyn help bring to life aspects of screen goddess Marilyn Monroe’s persona. The official Studio Canal page is here; the film will be on a limited release only.
Prince Avalanche – Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in this odd-bods bonding comedy as two men who vacate the city to help repaint lines down a highway in countryside ravaged by a forest fire. The official Magnolia Pictures site is here; the film will show at key cities only.
Turbo – DreamWorks animation about a snail that attains the power of super speed and uses it to help his friends. The official website is here; the film will show all over the UK.
Very Extremely Dangerous – the story of Curtis Buck, a rock and roll legend who tried to return to recording aged 70 and as he is dying of cancer. The official Facebook page is here; the film will be playing on London and Dublin screens only.
Walesa: Man of Hope – Polish cinema giant Andrzej Wajda directs this dramamentary about Lech Walesa, the charismatic leader and unofficial leader of Polish dockworkers. The Wikipedia page is here; the film will play at key cities only.
And on Wednesday 23 October…
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Jackass supremo Johnny Knoxville plays 86 year old Irving Zisman who travels across the states with his eight year old nephew encountering, as you would expect a host of crazy characters along the way. The official site is here; the film will be all over the show.